A maid with braids. Ati and the creation of an Etruscan character

After Apa the Etruscan, an educational stereoscopic cartoon realised in 2011 for the Museum of the History of Bologna - Genus Bononiae, VisitLab Cineca has worked at a spin-of, devised this time for the Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum. The new addition talks about Southern Etruria and is led by a new character: Ati.
As Apa before her, Ati is Etruscan and as an Etruscan woman she is made up and coiffed, with her long mobile braiding.
The creation of the character started from Cookie Flex Rig and went on with the personalisations following the archaeologists' references.
The hardest task was the taming of the hair. It needed a good deal of programming in order to support both manual and automatic (secondary) animation.
As for Apa, the production is grounded on an open source pipeline, mainly based on Blender. In contrast to Apa, however, at least 2/3 of the whole set of 3D models came this time from a laser scanner acquisition campaign and from photogrammetry. Data, after the first elaboration in MeshLab, have been finished in Blender.
Renderings have been sent on our Blender Render Farm, running on a PLX supercomputer.

Technical information:



Ati, a shot taken from a work in progress version

Blender Conference 2014:

More Info: HERE - Pdf of the presentation: HERE

Sample stills:

From Cookie Flex Rig to Ati

Philological sources for the Etruscanisation of Ati

Bridling the braids

Animation test

3D model of an Etruscan antefix, in MeshLab and Blender

3D modelling of Etruscan statue with photogrammetry (PhotoScan) and the same statue inside the scene.

made with Blender